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He drove Chennai into a higher plane

In 1979, after two decades of production, Ashok Leyland was still dawdling along with a modest capacity of just around 10,700 medium and heavy vehicles. Capital investments were modest. Sales were at Rs 135 crore and net profit: Rs 6.91 crore. Competitor Tata Motors (then TELCO) had capacity of around

He breathed population control…

T V Antony In a long list of civil servants, some are remembered for their passion, commitment and effectiveness. A few of these are admired for their rich contribution and advocacy of specific programs. I remember former finance secretary, K P Geethakrishnan, referring with awe to the prolific contributions of T

His tenure, a watershed in Indian democracy

T N Seshan was among the colourful civil servants remembered for reforming India’s election process. In his tenure as the head of the Election Commission (EC), he understood fully the responsibilities and powers of the EC for the conduct of free and fair elections. Happily, he used the power effectively! In

Sushma Swaraj – Dignity personified

Sushma SWARAJ was one of the prized newer generation leaders of the BJP. She functioned as the chief minister of Delhi, later as Minister of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) and Parliamentary Affairs under the Vajpayee government and as Minister of External Affairs (MEA) in the Modi. She vested these portfolios

The quintessential consensus builder

In recent years Arun Jaitley’s was the most familiar face among Delhi’s politicians and intellegentia. He strode across the political scene a colossus. JAITLEY handled as Union Minister a variety of portfolios that included Finance, Defence, Law & Justice, Corporate Affairs, I&B, Disinvestment. The brilliant leader left his mark in each

She changed the face of Delhi

Sheila Dikshit made a lasting contribution to raising the beauty and infrastructure of the national capital New Delhi as one comparable to several other world capitals. The best tribute to Sheila Dikshit came from her bitter political adversaries: from Narendra Modi and Amit Shah to Arvind Kejriwal. They paid lavish

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